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Profiles by Justin Cash

Bohol Youth Convention 2014

I have attended and organized many youth conventions. From the 30 Climate Hero Forums in the Philippines to the Youth Assembly at the UN HQ in NYC. This youth forum holds a special place in my heart. In these past few months, I have been watching Boholana beauty queen, Anna Maris Igpit move and inspire our country and the world through her efforts in leading Oplan Bangon Bohol. Inspired by Rappler's Social Good Summit in the Philippines, she wanted to go to her hometown and empower the young people in Bohol to become change makers by "providing them the right knowledge, information, understanding to shape role models in the communities and capacitate them to impact communities and contribute in Nation-Building in the country."Bohol was hit by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck last October, and was also impacted by the recent Typhoon Haiyan last December. Anna Igpit has been a strong force in rebuilding and rehabilitating her hometown and neighboring cities in the Philippines – and she wants the young generation of Bohol to move their city in the right direction!

She brought passionate, brilliant, driven, inspiring leaders together
together to inspire the young Boholanos: Rappler’s Maria Ressa, CNN Hero Efren PeƱaflorida, Jr., Nation-Builder, Alex Lacson Alex Lacson, and more.

Rebuilding Haiyan-hit Elementary School and Planting Trees with Family

Every year, since 2009, my family plants trees in our grandparents farm in Barili to celebrate the new year. Look how much they've grown!

This year, we also visited Malapascua, an island leveled out by Typhoon Haiyan. When I visited Malapascua to do relief work with friends from NYC a month after Haiyan had hit, we visited an elementary school which was destroyed by Haiyan. Two of six classrooms were destroyed, and most of the classrooms' roofing had holes. The North Guimbatayan elementary school was not receiving any help at the time- and children were not studying in the safest conditions. I came home and told my family. My family and I visited the school two days after Christmas. Inspired by Bundles of Joy and Letters of Hope, we brought bundles of Joy for all the children in school. These eco-friendly bags  had school supplies, crayons, notebooks, books, and hygiene kits. We also helped rebuild the school.

Helping others and making a difference are the best memories I will have with my family.

“For it matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once well done is done forever...”
 Henry David Thoreau